Editor’s Desk: Synchronicity at the Library of Congress

In the year 2000, physicist Freeman Dyson was being awarded the Templeton Prize, which honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Freeman Dyson is a physicist and mathematician and Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. His writings on the meaning of science and its relation to other disciplines, especially religion and ethics, challenge humankind to reconcile technology and social justice. Michael Toms (my late husband, and co-founder of New Dimensions Radio) and I were invited to attend this Templeton Prize
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Editor’s Desk: The Starfish Story

Loren Eiseley once wrote a 16-page essay entitled “The Star Thrower.” This little story was picked up by numerous motivational speakers. When I first heard it, I was impressed by the message it conveyed. Although the story has strayed a bit from the original, the way I heard it goes something like this: One day an old man was walking along the beach. It was low tide, and the sand was littered with thousands of stranded starfish that the water had carried in and then left behind. The man began walking very carefully so as not to step on any
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Editor’s Desk: A Circle of Your Own – Take the First Steps

Let us be companions in the quest that never ceases—the inquiry into who we are and why we are here. We remind each other of our inner truths and support each other in living our beauty. What a rare experience! To feel equally empowered to hold the circle, to question the process, to be held as vital and sacred by the others. From Wisdom Circles by Charles Garfield, Cindy Spring, and Sedonia Cahill People are often amazed when I tell them I’ve been meeting in circle with several groups for more than thirty years. Invariably they are infected by my enthusiasm, and
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Editor’s Desk: Exercise … Is Boring?

I’ve known for a long time that I need to get healthier, but nothing seemed to work for me.  In a meeting prior to the beginning of a new weight reduction program, I found myself raging about how boring exercise is for me. I went on and on ad nauseam about how I hated routine and had little bandwidth for monotony. I lamented that I just didn’t find any joy in exercising and refused to participate until it felt like a pleasure for me. The two facilitators listened attentively and even offered some suggestions. I was having none of it.
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Editor’s Desk: A Lesson in a Supermarket

New Dimensions' guest, Susan Moon (see program #3374, airing Jan. 5, 2011), tells the story of her mother's circle of women friends. They call themselves,"Mother's of Daughters" and would have a gathering each time a daughter came to visit from far away. Although their hands were shaking and many used walkers to help them get around, they had each lived vibrant and interesting lives. So often we are quick to dismiss our elders. We can be impatient with them as they amble slowly down the grocery store aisles blocking our way as we rush around in our "busy" and "important" lives. There was a day, however, when I was stopped in my tracks by a young man who had a different view from mine.
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Editor’s Desk: Mentors Along the Way

Our attention is most often captivated by what comes straight at us in our life: those big changes that come rumbling down the highway like a Mac truck pulling a full load. I’m more attracted to those smaller events that, when strung together like holiday lights, light up my life. I’m reminded of the words of a dear friend, author, and superb storyteller, Phil Cousineau, who quotes the Irish novelist William Trevor, reminding us to pay attention to what we see “out of the corner of our eye.”  These are the kinds of moments that awaken my curiosity and deepen
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Editor’s Desk: Becoming a Better Receiver of Intuitive Guidance

There are times when I need advice beyond my “normal” mode of operating. It is a time when my list of pros and cons don’t inspire me and consulting with friends does not enliven my heart to leap up with their well-intentioned advice. I feel the fire burning behind me but, truth be told, I’d rather be called ahead by the angels. In order to do this, I’m emboldened to turn it over to a greater source of wisdom. This turning calls for a shift of my attention from my small, ego-identified self to another source of intelligence. I must
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